As a topping on crackers, toast or a sandwich a spread such as this can not only be a way of incorporating more nutrients into your diet, but also a way to get your chocolate fix without actually eating chocolate.

The perfect replacement for sugar laden Nutella (which is made from hazlenuts and chocolates and all sorts of other things). If you make this for the kiddies, you may find you need to sweeten it to their taste. I suggest adding some dried dates to the recipe if that is the case.



  • 200 grams hazelnuts
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup healthy oil such as olive, avocado, macadamia or non GM canola.
  • 2 tbsp honey or sugar (optional) or you could also sweeten it with stevia.


Hazelnuts contain fibre to help keep the digestive system healthy and lower cholesterol. The mono and polyunsaturated oils contained in hazelnuts are protective against heart disease. They also contain some of the B vitamins for energy, calcium, iron and zinc. They are also high in vitamins A and E which act as antioxidants to  help mop up free radicals in the body.

Cocoa: is very high in potassium which is essential for keeping our blood pressure from becoming too high. It also contains iron, manganese, magnesium, copper, and phosphorous as well as small amounts of calcium, zinc, selenium, riboflavin and niacin.

  • This spread does contain a decent whack of calories, although the calories are derived from the healthy fats found in the oil and nuts. Just stick to a moderate portion.

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7 thoughts on “Healthy Chocolate Hazelnut Spread

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  3. Jo (down to earth mother) says:

    SO excited to find this recipe! My husband is dairy-intolerant and Nutella is something he misses, it also happens to be something my three-year-old just loves… I will definitely give this a bash and will report back! If you have any other amazing dairy-free dessert recipes, I’d love to know as it’s always a had slog to come up with something luxe, but dairy-free.

    • thenutritionguruandthechef says:

      Hi Joe! So glad you will be able to use this recipe! Take a peek at our ‘healthy desserts’ and ‘naughty but nice’ categories and you will find a couple of dairy free things. Always have a look at the bottom of our recipes, as quite often I will try alternatives for dairy free peeps. Take a look out our coconut chocolate mousse, it’s delicious for people that can’t have dairy. Enjoy!

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